Appropriate Methodology and Social Context

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 22, 1994 - Education - 237 pages
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The methodology of English language education has been developed mainly in the English-speaking countries of 'the west' and does not always fit the needs of the rest of the world. Appropriate Methodology and Social Context investigates this state of affairs by looking at the wider social context of what happens between teachers and students. It uses an ethnographic framework to explore the complex and diverse cultures of classrooms, of student groups and teacher communities in different countries and educational environments. It goes on to argue that these factors have to be acknowledged in the design and implementation of appropriate methodologies. Although a major concern is with classroom teaching, the methodologies for curriculum and project management and design are also addressed.
 

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Contents

Part A The cultures of the classroom
9
Coral gardens
21
The variety of classroom cultures
34
Student groups
53
Teacher groups
69
Part B Sources of conflict
93
The politics of projects
110
Calculated procrastination
126
Teachers and students lessons
142
PartC Appropriate methodology design
160
Solving classroom problems
180
Curriculum and project design
195
References
219
Index
233
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